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        09-25-2012, 05:39 PM
      #41
    Foal
    Those of us who have lost horses know how difficult it can be to make that decision even though you know it is the right thing to do. I am of the firm belief that there will be horses in heaven and I can't wait to see my herd of horses I have been through over the years.
         
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        09-26-2012, 01:52 AM
      #42
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by WSArabians    
    Thanks everyone. Speed, that is the worst. He was a freaky smart horse and I know he would have been incredible. Even with the broken leg, he still nuzzled for scratches and had love and trust in his eyes. He dealt with the pain and still.accepted we were would good and make it better. That really hurt.
    I tried to see if it could be casted but the vet said there was no way he would ever be anything then a pasrure pet, if it even worked. I know it's silly, but I can't help but feel I let him down.
    Emotions suck.
    I think this is the hardest part of letting them go. The fact that they trust you so much, and come to you so you can make them better. You want so badly to be able to tell and show them "You silly creature, here, let me bandage that up" like they expect. But sometimes whats best for them is the only thing you can do.

    You couldn't have healed his body. He somehow broke it being a happy, healthy horse. I've had a couple animals who I felt literally begged me "Help me, please help" and the only thing I could do for them is to let them go.

    You did right by him. You fed him, grew him, polished him and loved him enough to stop his pain. That's the only thing they ever ask.
         
        09-29-2012, 12:11 PM
      #43
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Copperhead    

    You did right by him. You fed him, grew him, polished him and loved him enough to stop his pain. That's the only thing they ever ask.
    that made me tear up a little bit..

    Great way to put it
         
        09-29-2012, 02:23 PM
      #44
    Yearling
    I am so very sorry. I lost my Sadie this past Monday (the 24th) too. I feel your pain. Its so **** hard to say goodbye.
         
        09-29-2012, 03:49 PM
      #45
    Super Moderator
    Unfortunately it happens.
    The last couple of years have been hard for us.
    First I had my late boss' two hunters put down. They were in good health in that they had had a summer of good grass, both were getting on in years but neither were any longer sound.
    My old mare had not ben 'right' for about nine months. Nothing could be found and she looked well but was not herself. She had a bad bout of colic and I had her put down. I went to look inside her the next day (all the horses go to the hunt kennels) and she had a large tumour in her large intestine. I knew she wanted to go.
    Then a big young homebred horse severed his deep flexor tendon. Nothing could be done for that. An elderly brood mare that had been long retired was having trouble getting up and down so she went. Then just two weeks ago I had to have another mare euthanised.

    Not a good time. No one likes it, but I believe that all animals should have a good life and a good death.
         
        09-29-2012, 04:38 PM
      #46
    Green Broke
    WSA, there is nothing I can add, so many wrote so wonderfully. All I can say is how sorry I am that it happened. Even though you know you did what was right, it just plain sucks doesn't it. I'm still recovering from my girl T's passing, but I know they stay with us in spirit.
         
        09-29-2012, 06:29 PM
      #47
    Started
    I am so very sorry for your loss. :( I can't even imagine the pain you are going through.
         
        09-29-2012, 07:20 PM
      #48
    Started
    Even when you KNOW it is the right thing to do, it doesn't make it any easier. What a lovely boy. I am sorry he had to go so soon. You'll be in my thoughts.
         

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